Monday, February 29, 2016

What Is an Educational Consultation?

Right from the beginning, UIRC was about support, education, and awareness. Having been through the process ourselves, we all understood how hard it is to find information, resources, and support. Our Executive Director, Camille Hawkins, came up with an idea to reach out to those looking for help: a face-to-face meeting where someone who has been through the process can talk to you about what you are up against. VoilĂ : Educational Consultations were born.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

How to be a Friend to Someone with Infertility

Alice and Jenny have been best friends since second grade. They graduated high school together, roomed together in college, and even got married in the same year. Alice loves having Jenny and her husband over for dinner and Jenny always calls Alice for advice. When two pink lines appeared on her home pregnancy test, Jenny immediately invited Alice over to surprise her with the good news.

Alice’s reaction surprised Jenny-instead of sharing in her excitement, she looked like someone had punched her in the stomach, then burst into tears. Alice revealed that she was struggling with infertility and said she needed some time alone. Both were left feeling upset and confused, wondering what the future holds for their relationship.

Does this story sound familiar? With 1 in 8 couples struggling with infertility, chances are someone you care about is having trouble getting (or staying) pregnant. Maybe it’s your brother or sister, your son or daughter, your best friend, your neighbor, or your coworker. No matter the connection, infertility can put a strain on any relationship.